In an evening aimed at celebrating ‘Our Greatest Triathlon Team’, Faye McClelland and Iain Dawson were named Tata Steel British Triathlon Female and Male Paratriathletes of the Year at the British Triathlon Awards Dinner on Saturday 17 November 2012.
celebrated the award after a season where she has successfully defended both her European and World titles, beating a growing array of talented paratriathletes. In addition to her international success, Faye has also delivered domestic titles winning the 2012 Tata Steel British Paratriathlon Championships in the Tri 4 category.
Faye was delighted to win the award, and commented that the Paralympic Games had inspired her. She said: “It just shows that you can achieve anything. You can see that some of these Paralympians, that hadn’t come from a sporting background like me, could achieve such an amazing goal.”
Like Faye, Iain Dawson has won the award on the back of gold medal-winning performances at both European and World Championships. In Auckland, Iain and his guide mastered a great race to win the Tri 6 world title for the second time in three years despite facing a challenging line-up of multi-Paralympic gold medallists.
Iain said: “A lot of my success comes from having the right sport team around me. That involves my guides that I race with, who are absolute fantastic training partners and my wife, Jill, who does an awful lot of organising and supporting, and obviously all the people that sponsor me and help out.”
Both Faye and Iain’s achievements highlight the strength of the GE Great Britain Paratriathlon Team, which successfully won five world titles at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Auckland. The next four years begin an exciting journey for the sport as it prepares to make its Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
British Triathlon Annual Award Winners
GE British Triathlon Female Elite Triathlete of the Year – Helen Jenkins
British Triathlon Male Elite Junior Triathlete of the Year – Gordon Benson
GE British Triathlon Female Elite Long Distance Triathlete of the Year – Leanda Cave
GE British Triathlon Male Elite Long Distance Triathlete of the Year – Stephen Bayliss
GE British Triathlon Female Elite Duathlete of the Year – Lucy Gossage
British Triathlon Event of the Year – CELTMAN
Tata Steel British Triathlon Female Paratriathlete of the Year – Faye McClelland
Tata Steel British Triathlon Male Paratriathlete of the Year – Iain Dawson
British Triathlon Female Age-Group Triathlete of the Year – Peggy Crome
British Triathlon Male Age-Group Triathlete of the Year – Roger Witz Barnes
Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Volunteer of the Year – Aimee Stocker
Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Official of the Year – Sarah Taylor
Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Coach of the year – Andrew Bullock
Peter Holmes Award for Inspirational Performance in International Competition – Men’s Olympic Triathlon Team
Gold Pin Awards: Catriona Morrison, Jack Maitland, Glenn Cook, Dave Bellingham, John Lunt and Andrew McBarnet